What’s more rock n’ roll than a song about having your license for the first time, having the keys to your Dad’s car and the freedom to go where you want to go? Not much at all, and for much of the last century you needed a car to get your freedom, particularly in America. And what’s more, for many songwriters, the car was also a metaphor for sex and sexual release! Countdown with us our favourite songs about cars.
The Beach Boys – Fun Fun Fun
Yep, it was all fun until things got out of hand and ‘Daddy took the T-Bird Away’.
T-Rex – Jeepster
How Marc Bolan could compare a girl to a car by saying ‘Just like a car you're pleasing to behold’ and make them both sound so sexy is anyone’s guess.
Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
When soul legend Pickett sang about all the Sally in question wanted to do was ‘ride around, Sally, ride’ we assume he was talking Sunday drives to church…
The Beach Boys – Little Deuce Coupe
Has a song intro like this ever made you want to own a car so much? She's got a competition clutch with the four on the floor And she purrs like a kitten till the Lake pipes roar And if that aint enough to make you flip your lid There's one more thing, I got the pink slip, Daddy
Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz
Who’d want to argue with Janis Joplin’s impassioned plea of Oh lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?/My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends?
Gary Numan – Cars
The ultimate synth riff that makes you feel as if you are driving a car way off in the future.
The Beatles – Drive My Car They offered to let you drive their car, and what’s more they said ‘baby I love you’!
Dr Dre - Let Me Ride
Dre’s tale of looking for a lift was always going to be a classic when it featured Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube in the clip which shows them rolling through Compton.
Meatloaf – Paradise By The Dashboard Light
Surely by Paradise Meatloaf meant hunting down under the steering wheel for the packets of Oreos and Twinkies he’d dropped down there?
Prince – Little Red Corvette We’ve no idea what Prince was talking about when he mentioned ‘your little red love machine’ but he sure knew how to make car engines sound sexy.
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